Since ascending through the ranks to the Barcelona hot seat in 2008 Pep Guardiola has enjoyed almost unprecedented success with 2 European Cups and 3 La Liga titles already on his management CV, yet rumours regarding his future refuse to go away.
Guardiola has himself fuelled the speculation that his time at the Nou Camp is nearing an end with comments such as:
“I cannot work at such a demanding club if I don’t have strength. I don’t have it clear in my mind, that’s why I am not saying whether the cycle has ended or whether I will extend. (Source: The Times of India)
It appears that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to exploit this uncertainty in the mind of the Catalan giants manager and offer the Spaniard an incredible £10 million a year to relocate to London, according to Eurosport
The prospect of Guardiola leaving behind the club he loves and possibly the greatest team ever assembled may strike some as absurd, but the question must be asked what is left for the man to achieve at the Nou Camp? This may be what the former Barca midfielder is referring to when he says that his cycle at the club may be coming to an end, that he simply lacks the motivation to meet the demands of the post.
Bringing success back to Stamford Bridge would constitute a new challenge of Guardiola’s management credentials. While the Spaniard may have not have been shy of spending during his reign in Spain the core of his squad are products of the Spanish Champions unrivalled youth system, and part of the reasoning Guardiola gained the role in the first place was his understanding of the club’s culture. The culture of Chelsea could not be more alien for the Barca manager, the rebuilding required at Stamford bridge would mean building a side of imported stars rather then giving youngsters their opportunity in the first team.
If AVB’s cameo in London was anything to go by it appears that Chelsea’s Russian owner is ready to once again splash the cash in the search for glory. The prospect of picking the players to return Chelsea to the glory days of the Mourinho era and trying to mould a squad capable of delivering the Champions League trophy arch-rival Mourinho never managed could perhaps be the motivation Guardiola needs to swap Spain for South West London. And if that isn’t enough £10 million a year could prove quite persuasive…
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